Happy Thanksgiving (Plus Top News Items in Recent Weeks)

This coming Monday will mark the four year anniversary since I left the comfort of a relatively secure job and paycheck to start my own business. As I wrote earlier this year, it’s been like rolling a large boulder uphill, day after day, but every minute and ounce of energy I expend to reach that summit, where I am the master of my own destiny and the only people who can fire me are my clients, is fulfilling beyond words.

To all of my clients, thank you for your continued support and trust, for making this dream and journey possible.

To all of my readers and followers, thank you for your time and interest, your comments and feedback, which keep me motivated and energized.

And to my family and friends, thank you for your love and patience, especially when I get my priorities mixed up.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

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As you know, we publish our “This Week in Logistics News” every Friday, and I’m always curious to see which news item gets the most clicks every week. So, here are the most clicked news items over the past ten weeks (we did not publish on September 22). What conclusions, if any, can you draw from this list? Would you like us to report this information more frequently moving forward? Post a comment and let us know!

 

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The Benefits and Challenges of Attracting More Women to Trucking

Live Episode: Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 12:00 ET

There’s a lot of discussion these days about the driver shortage in the trucking, and attracting more women to the industry would certainly alleviate the problem. But what are the main challenges? What do women drivers enjoy the most about their job, and what do they enjoy the least? What actions are trucking companies taking to… Continue reading

Transportation Funding vs. Immigration Reform (60 Minutes vs. Saturday Night Live)

If it’s not one thing, it’s another…that keeps transportation infrastructure funding down the priority list for Congress. A few years ago, it was the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Then it was Obamacare and health care reform. And today, and in the weeks and months ahead, all eyes (and mouths) will be on immigration reform, following the executive order President Obama signed last week.

And all the while, our… Continue reading

This Week in Logistics News (November 17-21, 2014)

I’m guessing it’s summer. My father stands barechested in front of me, but he’s still wearing his work pants, and he looks a bit sweaty, his hair (what’s left of it) is slicked back, and he’s all animated about something. “I told your cousin to gather that wood piled out back and bring it to the scrap yard so he could get some money for it, but he didn’t do… Continue reading

Four Ways to Secure Carrier Capacity Using Bid Optimization

Ask any trucking company how their business is going and the response you’ll likely hear is, “Great! Maybe the best it’s ever been, except we can’t find drivers.” The driver shortage, it turns out, is a backhanded sign of prosperity.

The American Trucking Associations recently estimated that the industry could fill 30,000 to 35,000 driving jobs immediately. The shortage has been intensified by a rebounding economy. Freight volumes have… Continue reading